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Featured Video: Side Saddle Jumping World Record

Few riders will attempt a jump of this height. Even fewer will do it riding aside.

By Horse Illustrated Staff - @HI_mag | July 21, 2014

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"Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels."

This popular quote is used to illustrate how women in history often worked harder for less acclaim than their male counterparts. The same idea could apply to equestrianism. Women were once only permitted to ride aside, even after they began participating in the cross-country gallops and jumps of the hunt. Today, fortunately, all riders can have the benefit of a leg on each side of the horse. But some women, like Susan Oakes, keep the old side saddle tradition alive with pretty impressive results. In this video from 2013, Oakes attempts a world-record side saddle jump at 6' 7.5". Try that, Fred Astaire.



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Audrey    Tipp City, OH

4/14/2017 12:54:29 PM

The very end he wasn't doing good but that wall was tall!

Robin    Jeffersonville, KY

8/16/2016 5:14:58 AM

Enjoyed it. I have a reconditioned side saddle for sale for $600 in KY call 859-498-2078 if interested.

Annie    Hewitt, NJ

5/29/2015 5:53:04 AM

OMG Over 7 foot, great balance, but still flippin crazy to do, and side saddle besides!

Marion    Sussex, NJ

2/19/2015 6:18:37 AM

Great balance on the riders part, but why attempt this?

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